TITLE: The Hating Game
BY: Sally Thorne
GENRE: Contemporary, Romance,
PUBLICATION: August 9th 2016 by William Morrow
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
This is one of those books that you thought would be just another hate-to-love Romance and since it’s a very cliched trope by now, you lower your expectation thinking you wouldn’t be surprise. BUT YOU ARE WRONG!!! hehe. This is exactly the kind of book you wouldn’t want to miss out or skip. I mean, stop reading this review, go read this if you want some fun. I laughed my ass out
reading rereading this one.
Since the main plot is already cleared (Hate-To-Love Romance), I’m just gonna get to other stuffs in this book. The story is filled with cliched scenes BUT I’m blown that they don’t feel cliched at all. Like a scene in the elevator (this is all I’m gonna spoil), it’s so damn cliche I was so scared I’ll cringe reading a scene like it but I didn’t. And that’s saying a lot because this is a reread for me. Yay!! In my opinion, the author really did a GREAT job for giving cliched scenes a new face, charging them with intense emotions, funny and clever banters making the scenes amazing and unforgettable like it’s the first time you’ve something like them.
I liked that I really saw Joshua and Lucy as nemesis. Because some other hate-to-love books just mention in the first chapter that the 2 MCs are enemies and in 2nd chapter they’re all over each other’s body. In here, I got to see Lucy and Josh’ hate for each other in at least first quarter in the book. Heck, they bicker and banter until the last page of the book and no it wasn’t exhausting to read. It was so much fun since aaaahhh Lucy and Josh are so perfect as characters. They play such juvenile games while hating each other. I mean why are you still reading this review? Go read the book. hehe.
And it was great that their job competition didn’t do much harm to the development of the romance which makes the development throughout the book very satisfying. Alongside that is their development as characters. It’s amazing to see in romance that the 2 MCs didn’t just undergone a highly-developed relationship together but individually, they got to stepped up and that’s where their job competition was used. Instead as a conflict and tear them apart, it actually brought the best out of Lucy and Josh.
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this book. This is such an adorable, fun, amazing, sweet and moving love story. The Hating Game is in my Feel Good and Clean Romance Shelf since I’ve read it last year. And I just discovered that I’ve read this one same time as last year… So cute. This is destiny. And I’m in a puddle, right now,
And did I mention, Lucy stands Five feet? Like Me… I’m gonna go work at a publishing house and find meself my own Joshua.
Happy Reading Guys,
Oh did I say, I highly recommend this? hahaha.. 🙂 🙂